Comfortable and quiet, just as you'd expect from an executive model.
Even two years after the CC's restyling in 2012 the VW still looks good compared to the best in this class. Its large corporate front end is pleasing to the eye, and although the gently sloping rear hampers back-seat headroom, it does help permit a spacious 452-litre boot.
The car sits low to the ground and that means getting in is combined with a sizeable step downwards. It's fine once you're used to it, but for the first couple of tries be prepared to bang your head on the roof if you're a taller driver.
Once in, though, you'll find a spacious and premium-looking interior. Drivers and front-seat passengers won't be complaining about space, although taller passengers in the back seat may find themselves short on headroom, if not legroom.
The cabin is also very quiet, even when driving at speed on rough roads. The hum from the 2.0-litre diesel up front barely noticeable and there's only a small amount of tyre and road noise. We found the engine's performance to be more than adequate, and even under load it's a solid performer.
Helping with that performance is the six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Its ratios are well spaced and flipping over to manual mode is quick and easy thanks to wheel-mounted paddles – which you won't find elsewhere in the CC range.
VW won't be offering the CC with the seven-speed DSG any time soon, though, which is something of a shame given how highly we rate it in the firm's other offerings.
With an overall length of 4802mm (compared to the 4624mm 3-series and 4701mm A4), the CC can feel like a hefty car to manoeuvre, especially in an urban environment. Its steering is quick, lightly weighted and accurate, though, and its handling smooth for the most part.
We say mostly, because this version of the CC comes with a pretty firm suspension set-up that spoils its ride somewhat. The edge can be taken off by putting the CC's Dynamic Chassis Control into Comfort mode, but in Normal or Sport modes every bump and imperfection is felt through the cabin.
Most fixtures and fittings inside are well thought out, and as you'd expect are almost identical to those found in the Passat. A particular highlight is the R-Line multi-function steering wheel, which looks and feels premium. Don't let the sporty wheel fool you into thinking this is a real driver's car, though, because while the CC feels competent on the road it isn't engaging.
Some parts of the interior are also beginning to look dated alongside more recent competition. The driver's digitised display, for example, looks old and is a bit clunky to use. It's still functional, but not at the level we'd expect for a £30,000-plus model.